Day 1: Downtown Seattle to Port Townsend
Drive time: 2 hours
- Drive aboard the Bainbridge Island ferry for your 30-minute cruise across Elliott Bay. Take in the Seattle waterfront and skyline from the stern. (If you’re departing from SeaTac International Airport, you can also take I-5 South to U.S. Highway 16 and cross the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.)
- Travel north on the Kitsap Peninsula via Washington State Route 3. Turn left on State Route 104 and cross the floating Hood Canal Bridge.
- Turn right on Washington State Route 19 toward the historical seaport burg of Port Townsend. With its eclectic shops, waterfront dining, art galleries, Victorian architecture, a slew of special events and more—there’s no shortage of things to do and see. But pace yourself. There’s a lot ahead as you continue your adventure.
Port Townsend to Sequim
Drive time: 45 minutes
- Traveling U.S. Highway 101, wind through the small town of Blyn, home of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe and a collection of stunning hand-carved totem poles. Go just 10 minutes further and you’ll reach the town of Sequim and its quaint boutiques, art galleries and restaurants serving locally-sourced fare. It’s the perfect spot for a lunch break. Sequim is an abundant agricultural center noted for its lavender, celebrated at the annual Sequim Lavender Weekend the third weekend of July.
- Be one with nature with a visit to the Dungeness Spit, a 5.5-mile natural sand spit and wildlife refuge just north of Sequim.
- Stay the night in Sequim or in nearby Port Angeles. You’ll find ample lodging options, including camping and RV sites, affordable hotels and motels, along with bed and breakfast options and vacation rentals.
Sequim to Port Angeles
Drive time: 25 minutes
- Port Angeles is the largest town on the Olympic Peninsula. Take time to shop, stroll the waterfront and taste fresh local seafood and regional craft beer and wine.